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Sargsyan's removing "inefficient" officials2013-02-25 21:20
Process that started after the recent presidential election held in Armenia on February 18, promises to be interesting. We are not talking about mass protest actions of the presidential candidate from the opposition party "Heritage" led by Raffi Hovhannisian, who has scored 37% of the votes. We want to talk about another important event, which has already cost a career for some officials.
The ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA), led by the officially elected President Serzh Sargsyan, is not happy with the outcome of a vote. Sargsyan has received 58.6% of votes. This election is fundamentally different from previous ones by the fact that in many major cities (except Yerevan), president's main competitor - Raffi Hovannisian has won. However, according to official data, Sargsyan has received strong support in the province, which secured him the victory. In many villages and small towns his "vote of confidence" has reached 80-90%.
Picture of distribution of votes, apparently, has greatly alarmed the authorities. For several days, local newspapers are full of information that allegedly Serzh Sargsyan is demanding explanations from the staff and governors. In these elections, "Achilles' heel" of power was the major cities, especially the second largest city of Gyumri, where the 102nd Russian military base is located. Here, the opposition candidate Hovhannisyan has won a convincing victory collecting 70% of the votes. Protest mood of the electorate in Gyumri is primarily connected to poor socio-economic status of the population.
Once a thriving commercial city in the Soviet Union has not yet rose from the knees after the horrors of the 1988 earthquake. Despite the work done to provide the victims of natural disasters with homes, many residents remain in temporary shelters. The problem is particularly acute in the winter, when people are writhing in the cold in trailers. They cannot explain why after 25 years they are literally homeless.
At the moment, Armenian media is focused on the governor of Shirak region (where the town of Gyumri is located) and Ashot Giziryan, mayors of Armavir and Vanadzor. According to reports, they are in the authorities' "black list". All three have already resigned. The ruling party is dissatisfied with their work, because in Shirak, Armavir and in Vanadzor the opposition candidate has won. Ashot Giziryan, commenting on Sargsyan's defeat in his area, said, "fair elections without fraud have been held in Shirak".